celebrate


cel·e·brate

verb \ˈse-lə-ˌbrāt\

: to do something special or enjoyable for an important event, occasion, holiday, etc.

: to praise (someone or something) : to say that (someone or something) is great or important

: to perform (a religious ceremony)

cel·e·brat·edcel·e·brat·ing

Full Definition of CELEBRATE

transitive verb
1
:  to perform (a sacrament or solemn ceremony) publicly and with appropriate rites
2
a :  to honor (as a holiday) especially by solemn ceremonies or by refraining from ordinary business
b :  to mark (as an anniversary) by festivities or other deviation from routine
3
:  to hold up or play up for public notice <her poetry celebrates the glory of nature>
intransitive verb
1
:  to observe a holiday, perform a religious ceremony, or take part in a festival
2
:  to observe a notable occasion with festivities
cel·e·bra·tion \ˌse-lə-ˈbrā-shən\ noun
cel·e·bra·tive \ˈse-lə-ˌbrā-tiv\ adjective
cel·e·bra·tor \-tər\ noun
cel·e·bra·to·ry \-brə-ˌtr-ē, ˌse-lə-ˈbrā-tə-rē\ adjective

Examples of CELEBRATE

  1. We are celebrating my birthday by going out to dinner.
  2. The family gathered to celebrate Christmas.
  3. We are celebrating our anniversary next week.
  4. They are celebrating the birth of their third child.
  5. The book celebrates the movies of the past.
  6. Her lecture celebrated the genius of the artist.
  7. He is celebrated for his contributions to modern science.
  8. A priest celebrates Mass at the church daily.

Origin of CELEBRATE

Middle English, from Latin celebratus, past participle of celebrare to frequent, celebrate, from celebr-, celeber much frequented, famous; perhaps akin to Latin celer
First Known Use: 15th century

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